Shakespeare Globe Theatre

For £5, you can enjoy one of the very best features of London, a standing room performance at the Globe. While the location and the performers have changed throughout the years, the experience and the intent is remarkably close to what I imagine that it was originally.

Being in the standing room allowed me to see Shakespeare in a way that is difficult to describe without being a part of it. After performing and viewing a number of Shakespeare’s plays over the years, there is nothing quite like the way you feel a part of the performance as you do in the globe.

I went to see one of the comedies, “As You Like It,” and walked away with a newfound appreciation for one of the plays that is often ignored in my mind. And though Jacques’ famous tirade on the nature of man in Seven Acts (All the world is a stage) was particularly well done, it was his exchange with Rosalind that I found to be particularly profound.

In response to Jacques’ explanation on his melancholic disposition, Rosalind quips:

“A traveller! By my faith, you have great reason to be sad. I fear you have sold your own lands to see other men’s; then, to have seen much and to have nothing, is to have rich eyes and poor hands […] And your experience makes you sad: I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad: and to travel for it too!”

There is much to be said about how relevant those particular lines are to my current situation, and it is my sincere hope that I walk away with far more than hollow words. I find experience to be extremely valuable, for it is the currency of storytellers, and an experience shared is even more valuable still.

Being here has rekindled my love for the theatre. Once I end up shoring up somewhere for a while, I plan to try out for a local community show. If nothing else, it should be a really fun way to spend time and make new friends.